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No right or wrong answer on skatepark dilemma

March 30, 2015

By Joseph Bell - Record Editor
The possibility of relocating the skatepark from its current location in Ridgway is a prime example of a dilemma where there truly is no right or wrong answer.

A young lady going places

March 16, 2015

By Joseph Bell – Record Editor

A very special young lady from Ridgway is busy going places.
Gymnastics extraordinaire Hailey Hoffman on Monday was presented with an award for her recent gymnastics season by borough council members.
A snapshot of her season shows that Hoffman was the 2014-2015 Silver Division all-around and uneven bars state champion. She was the runner-up on balance beam and floor exercise. Hoffman was the district champion in all-around and uneven bars and a district runner-up on floor exercise.

Student of the Month initiative WORKS

March 15, 2015

By Joseph Bell – Record Editor

The Ridgway Area School District continues to challenge its students in a variety of ways and it's clearly paying off.
Not only was our community privileged to watch the students perform "The Addams Family: A New Musical" to a packed house Thursday, Friday and Saturday, but we've also seen four Student of the Month awards handed out to worthy students in the Ridgway Area School District.

Count your blessings

March 14, 2015

Jeffrey Scott Buck Jr., an 18-year-old volunteer firefighter with Lawrence Township Fire Company, was laid to rest Friday in a large but solemn ceremony in Clearfield.
Jeff's sendoff was complete with roughly 200 emergency response vehicles in the procession.
While it was a sight to behold, what is even more impressive are the accomplishments this young man made in such a short period of time.

Our students: theatre extraordinaires

March 13, 2015

Our residents should consider themselves extremely lucky with the large number of talented students attending local schools.
While we oftentimes, and deservedly so are amazed with our student-athletes and their various achievements, Ridgway also is known for their fantastic students involved in ECCOTA and the drama club at the high school.
The opening night of "The Addams Family: A New Musical" was performed in front of a packed house Friday at the auditorium at the high-middle school.

Kicking the can down the road

November 19, 2013

By Joseph Bell - Record Editor –

In an effort to avoid raising taxes for the first time in roughly a decade, members of the Ridgway Borough Council on Monday were pondering ways to cut spending and curbside recycling found its way to the chopping block.
Not a smart move.
While no official decisions were made during the Monday night meeting on either raising taxes or cutting curbside recycling, the writing is on the wall: Extensive cuts are needed to balance the budget, and even that might not be enough to avoid a tax hike.

Come on America, use your turn signals!

January 9, 2013

By Joseph Bell
Record Editor
A study released over the summer has confirmed what I think a lot of the population already knew: Turn signal neglect is causing millions of crashes each year, with no end in sight.

Zilkofski ousted; another school board miscue

June 11, 2011

By Joseph Bell
Record Editor

Somebody somewhere made another awful mistake.
Enter Mike Zilkofski, a family man living in Johnsonburg, working at the paper mill, working his way up, providing for his family.
He doubles as the resilient head coach of Johnsonburg's girls' varsity basketball team for the past five years, a squad of stars who have advanced to the playoffs in four of the last five seasons.

What was the big boom?

April 13, 2011

By Joseph Bell - Record Editor - Several Elk County residents placed calls to emergency services personnel and law enforcement agencies Sunday night regarding what they described as a loud "boom." Although the source of the noise was initially attributed to seismic testing for Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling, no cause or explanation has formally been discovered. According to several news sources, residents called 911 to report feeling and hearing a blast in Johnsonburg around 10:30 p.m. on Sunday evening.

Police officer Shawn Geci

January 25, 2011

By Joseph Bell - Record Editor - I think the public outcry regarding gaming violations against Ridgway police officer Shawn Geci has become nothing short but absolutely ridiculous. It has reached the point now where newspaper publications are being ridiculed for publishing the truth. This is just another shameful case where if someone hears something that is bad, they don't want to see it in a newspaper; let's just cover it up. The facts are that an officer of the law was cited for gaming violations and was tried in a court of law, and subsequently found guilty.

Casey Woodford serves during Ridgway volleyball practice earlier this week.
The Lady Dutch had their second match of the season Tuesday at the St. Marys Area High School...
The Elk County Catholic Lady Crusader tennis team picked up their first win of the season Tuesday...



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